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Employability at University of Liverpool International College

Enhancing your employability is at the heart of everything we do — after all, preparing for a successful career is a big part of getting an education. When you study with us, you’ll have opportunities to improve your employability and enhance your CV before, during, and even after your pathway course, in most cases, at no additional cost.

Before your pathway course

We’ll help you to start working on your employability before your course even begins with Pathways Preview. Available to all pathways students, this great resource allows you to explore Kaplan’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and a range of additional educational and career development resources, such as ‘Your Online Reputation and Networks’.

‘Your Online Reputation and Networks’ supports you in starting and expanding a professional network. It does this by helping you to find the professional bodies and organisations that are relevant to your field of study and career goals. Joining groups like this gives you exciting opportunities to attend informative talks and events, access professional resources and connect with people who are successful in their field.

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Some networks and organisations that University of Liverpool International College students have engaged with include:

  • Association for Project Management
  • Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
  • The British Academy

Once you start your pathway course, your Learning Advisors will continue helping you to grow your professional network.

During your pathway course

You will have many opportunities to gain employability skills and practical experience throughout your studies at the College. Click on the different sections below to learn more about them.

  • Live careers events

    Career Conversations are live events held at the College throughout your course that give you access to employers and entrepreneurs. During these events, a panel of students interviews a career professional who shares their experience and expertise.

    The talks are recorded and later released as short videos which you can watch back later. You will even be set tasks to complete related to the talk, to ensure you can get the most out of the experience.

  • Practical projects

    You’ll have a fantastic opportunity to build practical and employability skills during Applied Learning Week. This is when students work in small groups on a special project in place of their regular classes.

    Some previous projects have included building a website, filming a video, writing a business plan and giving a presentation, based around a theme such as entrepreneurship, environment and sustainability, or local, national and global causes and issues.

    Participating in Applied Learning Week, which happens twice per term, can help you to develop skills like communication, organisation, research and teamwork, which are all very important in the workplace.

  • Professional certifications

    A professional certification is a great way to demonstrate your skill and expertise, and can look very impressive on your CV. As Kaplan has connections with a range of professional bodies, you will be able to study a professional certificate during your course.

    For example, you could study the New Technologies for Business course with Kaplan Professional, or you could gain a Certificate of Achievement from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs by successfully completing a module in Entrepreneurship.

  • Professional development resources

    At the College you’ll use an interactive e-Book all about your personal and professional development. Pathways CareerSource includes fun activities like personality tests and skills assessments to help you keep on track.

  • Real-world assessments

    Throughout your programme, you will be set tasks that are based on the sorts of activities that you are likely to encounter during your degree or in your future career.

    This means that Business and Finance students might be asked to write a company strategy report, while Science students write a lab report and Media students are marked on a vlog.

  • Skills portfolio

    One of the most important parts of your pathway course is your Kap-PACK e-Portfolio. This is an online record of all your achievements during your time at the College, with 5 sections to complete:

    • About Me
    • Personal Development
    • Academic Exploration
    • Communicative Ability
    • Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    Working on your e-Portfolio will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, track your progress and set personal development goals. It’s also a great asset to show to potential employers! You can even apply for a Kap-PACK Plus Award in Community or Leadership by doing some extracurricular work.

  • Work experience

    Of course, one of the best ways to gain professional experience is by getting a job! Kaplan is registered with the Office for Students, which means that you are able to take on paid or unpaid work during your course. You can work part time in term time, and full time during your breaks.

    Alternatively, you might like to apply to be a Kaplan Student Ambassador and appear in vlogs and social media posts representing the College.

Taking advantage of these opportunities means by the time you finish your pathway course you’ll have some impressive skills and experience that could help you stand out to employers!

After your pathway course

We’ll carry on supporting you even after your course ends. All Kaplan alumni are eligible to access Pathways Extra, a special area on the VLE focused on your next steps, like preparing for university, improving your academic skills and building your employability.

Through Pathways Extra, you will have access to tools that help you to assess your current skills and set career goals, as well as gain the Certificate of Achievement from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs if you weren’t able to do so during your course.

You will also be able to see all of the ways in which you can gain professional skills and enhance your CV at the University.

Your degree and beyond

The University of Liverpool is committed to your future. As well as in-person careers services, you will also be able to take advantage of a range of great digital careers resources with the University’s Virtual Career Studio.

These resources include the jobs board Handshake, and The Forage, which helps you to find a virtual internship at impressive real-world companies, such as the law firm Clifford Chance, and well-known investment bank Goldman Sachs. You will also benefit from access to online professional courses through LinkedIn Learning and ShortListMe, which helps you prepare for interviews.

After your degree, you’ll be able to stay in the UK to gain work experience for up to 2 years with the UK government’s Graduate Route visa. All of this means that when it is time to start your career, you will be well prepared, with a great range of impressive skills and experience behind you.

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